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Lamar Blackwell

05.08.2017 |    1,232 |   reply |
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One of the most difficult things to do for ourselves is change.  There is a comfort level in what we already know and do.  We understand the current problems in our jobs and are used to them.  We know the aspects we like and what we don’t like.  And while we may want to like our current situation, we are oddly comfortable with it.  That is part of the problem. We have all heard of the saying that we need to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. This means that we need to be accept that we are never completely comfortable with...


Lamar Blackwell

09.05.2016 |    4,173 |   reply |
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It has been said that the first 90 days are particularly important in making a good impression on your manager.   The closer your skill set matches the job tasks, the easier this will be.  However, there are other things that you can do to get your new job off to...


Lamar Blackwell

05.09.2016 |    4,102 |   reply |
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This post, and the next couple of posts, will describe some of the things that are important in establishing yourself as a successful scientist in pharma in your first year.   The goal is to provide you a framework to think about how to be successful. As the title describes, it is...


Lamar Blackwell

04.06.2016 |    3,845 |   reply |
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Congratulations!  You applied for and received an interview for a job at a pharma company.   It means that the company has a genuine interest in you.  Getting ready for an interview can be very difficult.  It can especially be difficult for graduate students and postdocs looking get their first job...


Lamar Blackwell

03.02.2016 |    3,340 |   reply |
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Congratulations!  Most people never think about how their career pursuit aligns with their values.   They will not prepare a plan and break it down into actionable, manageable steps.  You already have a competitive edge and are in the top 10% of pursuing a career. Few people will prepare a plan, act...


Lamar Blackwell

01.29.2016 |    4,020 |   reply |
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After we have made an honest assessment of what our values are and how our choices aligns with our values, we can think about how we should go about this change.   It is important that this is personalized because this is your path.  Then we can take inventory of where...


Lamar Blackwell

12.25.2015 |    4,178 |   reply |
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In the introduction to this series, I mentioned that we need to understand the reality of the process of achieving our career goals.   We also need to assess our strengths and weaknesses.  We need to think about why we are chasing this goal and why it is important to us....


Lamar Blackwell

11.18.2015 |    4,298 |   reply |
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An introduction to the process A common challenge for professionals is the situation where you having a good sense of the field you want to work in, but lacking clarity in what exactly we want to do in this field or how to get there.  It is difficult for a number of...
Tags: reaching your goals


Lamar Blackwell

11.06.2015 |    3,300 |   reply |
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Together, we have learned that there are transferable skills that we can take from our academic space to work in pharma.   I hope that we have learned about the importance of our ability to communicate, be resourceful, have energy, analyze work, and manage the work and expectations.  Understanding how to...


Lamar Blackwell

09.25.2015 |    4,899 |   reply |
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An important thing that we learned to do in academia is manage how we use our time.   We are able to manage the amount of time that we allocate to any one activity.  It was probably something that we learned to do during graduate school or during our postdoctoral work....
Tags: management of time, time management


Lamar Blackwell

06.24.2015 |    6,207 |   reply |
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When transition from academia to pharma industry, you will be hired to solve problems.   There is a reason that they are looking to hire someone.  The company has a problem of some type.  Maybe it’s because that they have more work than can be completed by the staff at hand....
Tags: tips on getting into pharma


Lamar Blackwell

06.03.2015 |    6,059 |   reply |
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There is something very attractive about a listening to a person excited about what they are saying.   Many times, the conversation is more interesting and enjoyable because there is an energy that is associated with the person talking.  You want to leave this type of impression with pharma professionals when...
Tags: how to maintain energy during job application, positive outlook


Lamar Blackwell

05.04.2015 |    7,245 |   reply |
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One of the most important things we learn during our Ph.D. training is the ability to do a “needs analysis”.   We learn how to get work done when resources are limited, project goals are shifted, and priorities change for things like grant proposals.  Still, other times, we realize that we...
Tags: skill building for life scientists, transferable skills


Lamar Blackwell

04.03.2015 |    6,914 |   reply |
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Learning to speak well is an important transferable skill for work in academia, pharma, and life in general.   While we know this is important, few understand the need to use this skill in “reinventing” themselves when entertaining a career transition.   Last time, I described the need to learn to...


Lamar Blackwell

03.06.2015 |    7,226 |   reply |
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Every day, young academic scientists are motivated to start careers in pharma.   A few years ago, I was one of them.  After working for over a year in pharma, I would like to share some of my thoughts about this transition.  In this post, I will discuss some helpful qualities...
Tags: changing careers from academia to industry, transferable skills, transition


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